Four Reasons to Grow Veggies this Fall

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 5, 2016 5:40:57 PM


lettuce2.jpgSacramento is blessed with long, hot summers and mild, temperate winters, meaning we can grow our own year 'round. 

However, most home gardeners forget about the delicious, nutritious and hardy vegetables which thrive when the temperatures drop.

Here are four compelling reasons to give cool-season veggies a try this fall!

 

 

Keep The Beds Clean 
Rather than letting your vegetable beds become overrun with weeds throughout the winter, try planting cool-season crops! If you are selective about crop-rotation, the quality of your soil can actually be improved by continuing to grow veggies during the winter months. Click the button below to learn more about how to rotate your crops to maximize your yield. 

Crop Rotation 101

They're Easy Peasy 
Cooler temperatures means fewer pests, making it easier to maintain your garden organically. Slugs and Snails are usually the biggest culprit for crop damage in the winter, and they can be easily controlled by lining your beds or containers with copper tape. You'll find copper tape in the Garden Solutions department of any Green Acres Nursery & Supply. 

Nutritious & Delicious
Leafy greens such as Kale, Swiss Chard and Spinach are high in vitamins and antioxidants, boosting your immunity through the cold & flu season. Cruciferous vegetables such as Broccoli, Cabbage and Brussel Sprouts contain a substance called glucosinolates, which have been found to reduce your risk for certain types of cancer. 

Fewer Food Miles 
Food miles are the distance that your food has traveled to get to you. By buying your veggies plants from your local nursery and growing them in your backyard, you are reducing the environmental impact of fuel consumption caused by transporting food long distances (AKA your "carbon footprint")

Green Acres Nursery & Supply sources all of our vegetables from local growers such as Eisley's Nursery in Auburn, Kawahara Nurseries in Morgan Hill and Fredriks Nursery in Ripon. By sourcing our vegetable starters locally, we are:

  • Helping sustain fellow independent nurseries in our local economy
  • Providing you with plants that are well-acclimated to the area
  • Ensuring that your veggie starters are fresh, giving them a head start in your garden

Ready to start growing your own?

Here's a list of what vegetables you can plant when for the Sacramento Area:

Veggie Calendar

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Winter, Edibles, Veggies and Herbs, Fall Veggies, IPM, Fall

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Calendula

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 6, 2015 5:35:37 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Calendula

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Calendula officinalis, sometimes referred to as Pot Marigold, is a cool-season annual which bears vibrant orange or yellow flowers atop bright green foliage. It's relatively compact at one to two feet high and wide, but is known to free-seed around the garden and pop up unexpectedly. Calendula is a plant with a rich history, having been used as an ingredient in food, medicine and cosmetics for centuries. 

Calendula officinalis, a cool-season annual
Our favorite thing to do with this lovely Marigold-doppelganger is to plant them en masse in a sunny border. Or as a fun container "thriller" paired with Violas and Creeping Wire Vine. Or planted in your cool-season veggie garden to attract beneficial insects. The possibilities are endless for this cheerful, long-blooming, fuss-free, infinitely useful plant!

It's Sarah's pick-of-the-week because:
"Its brilliant orange blossoms never need to be deadheaded and it blooms fall through spring."
Did you know it's not too late to plant delicious winter vegetables such as Kale, Lettuce and Onions? 
Veggie Calendar

 

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Winter, Flowers, Fall Flowers, Beneficial Insects, Container Ideas

Fairy Gardening for Beginners

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 18, 2015 1:59:39 PM

Are you inspired by small spaces? Fairy gardening is a great way to capture the essence of a full-blown garden on a miniature scale and make fun summer containers! 

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When planning your enchanted garden, consider:

Setting

Your planting container or "vessel" is the backdrop of your fairy garden and can inspire certain themes or settings. For example, large shallow bowls give the illusion of a wide, flat landscape. Plant with a low-growing groundcover and a few small flowers to simulate a miniature meadow or prairie. You can even stack pots within larger pots to give a tiered multi-dimensional effect.Tiered_Pot_1-706191-edited Broken pots can be recycled to create an unusual planting vessel with many tiny nooks for adventuring.

For inspiration, check out Fairy Gardens on our Pintrest page. 

Recycled objects such as old teapots, crates and boots can all be transformed into a fairy playground. Be sure to choose a vessel which drains. If you can't put drainage holes in your container, put a layer of rocks at the bottom about 1-2" thick, a layer of charcoal* and be cautious of over-watering. Charcoal and small pebbles can be found in the Specialty Soils section at all of our locations. 

Plants

When selecting plants for your fairy garden, don't just fall for the flowers! Your fairy garden is meant to be appreciated down to the tiniest detail, so be sure to add some plants with interesting foliage color and texture for charming containers.

Check out the 6-pack and mudflat groundcover section of the nursery, which has a great selection of small spreading plants which will fill in quickly.

The following plants are known to be especially appealing to fairies*

Irish or Scotch Moss Elfin Thyme Creeping Wire Vine Creeping Jenny
Pilea Blue or White Star Creeper Australian Violet Dead Nettle
Baby's Tears Hernaria Veronica Australian Astroturf

*Call stores for current availability.

Accessories

The stones, shells, tchotchkies and treasures you nestle into your miniature landscape are like the "hardscape" of the fairy garden. Try getting an assortment of items which fit a theme and placing them in your container before planting. This will help you get an idea of what plants or containers are best suited to your theme. After the plants fill in around the hardscape, it will look well-established like it's been there for years. 

Shroomies_2-843251-editedAccessories are the most exciting aspect of a fairy garden, because they allow you to express your creativity and individual style. 

Try some of these fun ideas:

  • Use the tiered container set-up to create the appearance of a cascading waterfall.
  • Select some tree seedlings (ask for 'Bonsai Starters'), interplant with moss and finish off with Shroomyz ceramic mushroom stakes to emulate the feel of an ancient forest. 
  • Find some unique succulents and adorn with sand, shells, beach glass and driftwood to create a surreal seascape. 

 

 

More unique gardening inspiration...
  Moon Gardens

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Container Ideas, Fairy Gardening, Shroomyz

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Penstemon 'Margarita BOP'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 30, 2015 5:45:00 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Penstemon 'Margarita BOP'
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Penstemon 'Margarita BOP' is distinctly different from other varieties of Penstemon, even at first glance. That's because atop it's compact 2' x 2' mound of foliage are dozens of flowers, which may be sky blue, or iridescent violet, or somewhere in between. This California native perennial was a chance discovery by Las Pilitas Nursery sometime in the early 80's when the workers noticed that this little Penstemon which sprung up on it's own was flourishing despite never being watered, fertilized or tended to. Las Pilitas Nursery is located in Santa Margarita California, and the 'BOP' stands for Back of Porch where the original specimen thrived for over a decade, until it was accidentally smothered by cement. 
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Rarely in the garden, do you find a plant that manages to look so good with little maintenance. So 'Margarita BOP' is truly a treasure. If it's ethereal blue-violet flowers don't entice you, maybe the fact that it is drought tolerant, thrives in full sun, and attracts hummingbirds, just might. 

It's McKenna's Pick-of-the-Week because:

"It's an easy-to-grow perennial that comes back strong every year! The flower color is spectacular, and I'm impressed by how it blooms all summer without a lot of water."

 

 

 

 

 







Are you crazy for California natives? Learn more about the best California natives for the Sacramento valley.  

Our Favorite Natives

 

For more ideas on how to re-vamp your yard to be more water wise, check out our Drought Tolerant Plant List.

Topics: Native Plants, Waterwise, Sacramento Low Water Plants, What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers in the Heat, Low Water Plants, Sacramento Gardening, Summer, Drought Tolerant

Dog Safe Plants for Sacramento Summers

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 16, 2015 2:52:00 PM

dog friendlyAt Green Acres Nursery & Supply, we love man's best friend!  

Most dogs enjoy meandering through the aisles to soak up the various sights, sounds, and delicious smells in our nurseries.  They also appreciate getting special treatment by being offered dog treats, and extra pats from our staff.  

Gardeners with dogs are frequently asking our gurus about dog safe planting ideas.  There are a plethora of dog safe plants that are perfect for Sacramento gardeners.  Read on to learn more!


Green Acres' Top 10 Dog Safe Plants

  • Light Requirements- Full Sun 

  • Season- Summer

    CANNA lily 

  1. Coreopsis

  2. Canna Lily

  3. Catmint

  4. Supertunia

  5. Crape Myrtle

  6. Daylily

  7. Aptenia

  8. Celosia

  9. Alyssum

  10. Lemon Bottlebrush 




Dog Friendly Container Recipe

Thriller: Coreopsis 'Little Bang' Daybreak

Fillers: Supertunia 'Priscilla', Celosia 'Kimono Mix', Alyssum 'Clear Crystal Rose'

Spiller: Aptenia variegated

Planting Tips: 
-Use an organic fertilizer in your container.

-Completely mix it into the soil rather than sprinkling it on top.  Pets can be attracted to the blood and bone meal in the fertilizer. 

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Photo of completed container.  Green Acres Nursery & Supply carries all plants pictured.  See stores for current inventory. 
 

Shopping List:

 

1.  THRILLER: Coreopsis 'Little Bang' Daybreak

Pet friendly plants


2. FILLER #1: Supertunia 'Priscilla' 

A nice snapshot (below) of the Supertunia 'Priscilla'  Photo credit: Proven Winners.   


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3.  FILLER #2: Celosia 'Kimono' Mix


pet friendly plants 

4.  FILLER #3: Alyssum 'Clear Crystal Rose'


pet friendly plants 

 

 5.  SPILLER: Aptenia variegated


APTENIA variegated 

 

Green Acres Website
 

Although, all of these plants have been reported to be non-toxic to dogs by the ASPCA, all animals are different.  We strongly discourage you to allow your pet to eat any plant regardless of its toxicity level.  Even the most unlikely of plants can cause some discomfort your pet if ingested.
*See stores for discount details. 

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Pet Friendly, Summer Patio, Planting Ideas, Summer Flowers

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 16, 2015 9:42:05 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle' 

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Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle' is a relatively recent introduction to the world of horticulture, and it has already made quite an impression. That's because this sun-loving, drought tolerant perennial flourishes in the scorching Sacramento valley summers. Even its flowers hold up in 100°F heat, because what appears to be the 'flower' is actually flower bracts. The true flowers are the small yellow star-shaped flowers nestled within these bracts, punctuating it with bursts of color as it slowly unfurls from the center. 

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It forms a low mound of fuzzy, bright green foliage about 8-16 inches high and wide. Its tidy growth habit makes it perfectly suited for container culture, where it looks stunning paired with "fillers" such as Nemesia and "spillers" such as Bacopa. Butterflies and hummingbirds will find it hard to resist those stunning blooms, making it a truly valuable plant to have in your garden. 'Pink Zazzle' loves the heat but hates the cold, so it's a perennial grown as an annual in our area. If protected from frost, it will likely return to dazzle you with another long-lasting show of flowers next year. 

It's Jack's pick-of-the-week because:

"The flowers last forever, and when they start to fade to light pink on the edges, it gives a really cool transitional color effect."

 More water-wise pollinator attracting container ideas...

Drought Tolerant Plants

Appealing to Pollinators

 

Topics: Waterwise, Sacramento Low Water Plants, What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers, Flowers in the Heat, Flowers for Hot Weather, Low Water Plants, Beneficial Insects, Container Ideas, Summer Flowers, Drought Tolerant

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Dinnerplate Hibiscus 'Luna'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 10, 2015 12:05:10 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Dinnerplate Hibiscus 'Luna' 

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Dinnerplate Hibiscus may not be as popular as it's tropical counterpart, but it is equally beautiful. As an added bonus, it is more cold hardy than Tropical Hibiscus, even tolerating temperatures down to at least 30° F. With mind-blowing 4-5 inch flowers in summery shades of deep pink and white all throughout the summer, this sun-loving sub-shrub will certainly steal the show in your garden.

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Reaching about 4-5 feet high and wide, Dinnerplate Hibiscus is a herbaceous shrub, meaning it should be cut nearly to the ground every winter, and it will return in the spring. It does best in full sun or light shade, making it ideal for planting en masse in a sunny border. It thrives in rich soil with regular water and can even grow at the edge of ponds or in poorly draining soil which tends to stay boggy. 'Luna' series is a more compact variety which is also well suited to containers.

It is Elise's plant pick-of-the-week because

"Dinnerplate Hibiscus is so versatile and showy! I love how it can be used as a pond plant or as a container specimen."

 

With it's breathtaking satiny summer-blooming flowers and moon-inspired namesake, Dinnerplate Hibiscus 'Luna White' would make a striking addition to a garden that shines when the sun goes down...

Moon Gardens

For more pond inspiration, check out our 4 Tips for Creating a Breathtaking Backyard Pond. 

 

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers in the Heat, Pond, Summer

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Echibeckia 'Summerina'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 3, 2015 2:58:26 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Echibeckia 'Summerina'

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Echibeckia is an intergenetic cross between Rudbeckia (Gloriosa Daisy) and Echinacea (Coneflower). Intergentic hybrids are between two plants that are closely related enough to reproduce naturally, but their offspring is usually sterile, so you don't worry about it reseeding. The benefit of crossing these two heat-loving, water-wise, summer-blooming rock star perennials is to get the appearance of Gloriosa Daisy with the hardiness of a Coneflower.

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Echibeckia has the appearance of a Gloriosa daisy with large flowers in shades of yellow, orange, gold and brown but with extra large blossoms, thanks to it's Coneflower counterpart. It forms a sturdy upright clump of slightly-fuzzy green foliage (disliked by deer) and boasts and extra-long summer through fall bloom season.

Reaching about 2-3 feet high and wide, this full sun perennial will thrive in the heat and it's water-wise too!

It's Michelle's pick-of-the-week because:

"This is one of my favorite new perennials because of it's hardiness and long bloom season. It also is a great source of pollen and nectar for pollinators!"

 

 

 

 

 

  Drought Tolerant Plants


To learn more about water-wise deer resistant plants, check out these 7 Incredible Water-Wise Deer-Resistant Plants for Sacramento.

 

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Fall Flowers, Flowers for Hot Weather, Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Summer Flowers, Drought Tolerant

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Coneflower 'Double Scoop Cranberry'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 25, 2015 3:42:00 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Coneflower 'Double Scoop Cranberry'

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Coneflower or Echinacea is a classic garden staple for a multitude of reasons. It's easy to grow, tolerant of a wide variety of soils, blooms profusely summer through fall, and thrives in our hot, dry summers. Because of it's amazing versatility, it has been hybridized into many fantastic colors and cultivars, one of the most dramatic being the 'Double Scoop' series. Tantalizing in their color descriptions: Cranberry, Orangeberry, Bubblegum, and Raspberry, this series has some of the largest flower-size of all the Echinacea family.  

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Reaching about two feet tall and wide with a sturdy, well-branched form, this lovely perennial also makes a great container "thriller". It's deer resistant and drought tolerant when established. Plus, it makes a great addition to the cut-flower garden that will come back reliably every year. 

It is Matthew's pick-of-the-week because:

"The vibrant color that radiates from these blooms attract beneficial insects to the garden."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click for more tips & tricks on attracting beneficial insects to your garden!

Appealing to Pollinators

Topics: Waterwise, What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers, Flowers for Hot Weather, Low Water Plants, Beneficial Insects, Sacramento Gardening, Summer Flowers, Drought Tolerant

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Canna 'Tropicanna® Black'

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 19, 2015 5:37:45 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Canna 'Tropicanna® Black'

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Canna 'Tropicanna® Black' is a part of the 'Tropicanna®' series by Tesselaar, but it is truly in a class all it's own. Unlike its fellow Tropi-Canna's, this variety has dark, brown-colored foliage which contrasts beautifully with it's bright, scarlet-orange blossoms in summer. The large, fleshy leaves resemble stained glass when they catch the sunlight, revealing garnet colored veins surrounded with jade green, then fading to deep chocolate. 

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It is a perennial from rhizome, which means that if planted in the ground, it will spread over the years, becoming an increasingly dramatic statement in the garden. It can ultimately reach 4-6 feet tall, and the rhizomes should be divided every few years or so. Although it looks very tropical, it is surprisingly hardy and will tolerate temperatures as low at 10°F if left to overwinter in the ground.

It does well in poorly draining, boggy soils making it an ideal plant for surrounding your pond, water feature or pool. It thrives with regular water and 4-6 hours of direct sun per day. Cut to the ground in late fall/early winter and prepare to be amazed when it comes back even more lush next year.

It is Philip's pick-of-the-week because:

"This is a great perennial, it's vibrant and exotic and I love how it comes back strong every year."

Canna 'Tropicanna® Black' makes a great addition to the cut flower garden! 


Grow a Cut Flower Garden

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Tropicals, Flowers for Hot Weather, Pond, Summer Flowers

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